Everything About Chess Rating

Chess rating

If you are a chess lover, you have heard about chess rating. Maybe you got sentiments such as I am now a 1200 or playing under 2000. You might wonder what they mean with such terms. 

Like other games, each player on the chess gets some rating to determine their community chess rankings. But to help you to understand more it is essential to determine what a chess rating is.

 What is a chess rating? 

As mentioned, a chess rating is a system of ranking players in the chess community. The chess rating system assigns player numbers depending on their game results. The higher one performs, the more rating one achieves. 

Losing in a game hurts your rankings. As well, the rating depends on your opponent’s ranking. When you defeat a strong opponent, you get more ratings than when you do the same to a weak one.   

Types of chess rating systems

Typically, three types of chess ratings exist.

The Elo system

The Elo system is also known as fide rating is the most popular. This system was an idea of a physicist and chess master Arpad Elo. The Elo system is simple and manageable that’s why many chess federations such as USCF, FIDE, and national chess federations implement it.

Fide rating assesses the rate depending on the strength of the players and chances to win. For instance, player A has 100% chances to beat player B. But if player A has 60% of beating a grandmaster level player C, A must win over 6 games out of 10 to increase his ranking. The rating will remain the same if they win 6 games and drop when you win less than 5. 

In other words, to determine your rating, you take the average ratings of your opponents after several games, then you assess their winning chances, use a formula that splits, and give you the new ratings. 

The Glicko system

Glicko is the next system popular in chess. It is the modern rating system used in Chess.com.  Also, the rating system that the Australian chess federation and several online sites use. Though similar to the Elo system, it applies a complicated formula to determine the ratings. 

Many chess players consider this system as accurate as it reveals even the rating deviation of a player. 

English chess rating 

Though not so popular, ECF or the English chess grading system is another chess rating approach. This system is different from both Elo and Glicko in that it offers an ECF grade. Players get an update of their ECF grade twice a year unlike in the other two systems. 

The ECF grades use three digits. ECF grading is the latest rating system and implemented by English Chess Federation.

How to determine chess player rating 

Different rating system for chess players uses different parameters to rate a player. Nonetheless, the chess players rank from novice to master for local countries. Chess blitz is the parameter used to rate a player. The highest chess rating for a master is 2200 or 2300 chess blitz. 

If you go international, you become an international chess master or grandmaster. The rating for international masters’ rank from 2400 to 2500. However, you can get a higher rating if you are yet to meet the conditions for becoming a grandmaster. 

Grandmaster is the highest chess rating that one can achieve. With this title, it is evidence of your prowess in the chess game.

Wrapping up

In a word, you need to understand different chess ratings. In particular, you should have information on how each chess rating system works. This way, you will know how to calculate your ratings as you go up the ladder and participate in different chess tournaments.

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